Organizers say they would like to see the statue relocated to a museum and replaced with a statue of Snooty the Manatee. They claim the statue represents a negative symbol of racism and oppression and should be 'out of everyday public eye' and a more 'positive symbol' should take place.
The petition was set up the same day that Snooty died from what the South Florida Museum is calling a "heartbreaking accident." Snooty was the world's oldest-known manatee. He died at 69.
If you'd like to sign the petition, you can do so here.